Senior safety was top of mind in Anoka this week during a special forum put on by public safety officials.
Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo shared some important information about seniors and crime. Palumbo was joined by Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart and Anoka Police Chief Eric Peterson for a safety forum to help give seniors some tips on making their home safer. They also encouraged those in attendance to call 911 if something doesn't seem right.
"I get, I didn't want to call cause I know you're busy and you've got more important things to do and that's not what we want," says Chief Eric Peterson of the Anoka Police Department. "We want information going back and forth and if something doesn't seem right, we want that to occur, so we want a good relationship with our seniors and empowering them to call and report suspicious activity."
The senior safety neighborhood forum was held in memory and honor of 95-year-old Albert Loehlein, the Anoka man allegedly killed by a repeat felon who burglarized his home back in November. However, authorities say compared to the general population, seniors have a much lower chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime.